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|Leucoderma, also known as vitiligo, is a distressing skin condition. The word literally means white skin. There is a gradual loss
of the pigment melanin from the skin layers which results in white patches. These patches look ugly, especially in persons with
a dark complexion. The condition does not cause any organic harm. This disease is caused neither by any germs, nor is it due
to bad blood. It is considered to be neither infectious nor contagious.
The problem usually starts with a small white spot which later
develops into patches. These patches are pale in the beginning, but become whiter and whiter as tune passes by due to loss of
pigment As the spots enlarge, they merge into each other and, in course of time, form a very broad patch.
|In some cases, most of the skin of the body may be covered with white patches.
The main causes of vitiligo are said to be excessive mental worry, chronic or acute gastric disorders, impaired hepatic function
such as jaundice, worms or other parasites in the alimentary canal, typhoid, a defective perspiratory mechanism, and bum
injuries. Heredity is also a well-recognised causative factor.
Vitiligo Remedies with Bitter Psoralea:
The best-known home remedy for vitiligo is the use of seeds of psoralea (babchi). These seeds should be steeped in die juice of
ginger for three days. The fluid should be renewed every day. The seeds should then be rubbed with the hands to remove die
husks, dried in the shade and powdered. One gram of mis powder should be taken every day with one cup of fresh milk for
forty days continuously. The ground seeds should also be applied to the white spots.
Babchi seeds, combined with tamarind (imli) seeds, are also useful. An equal quantity of both the seeds should be steeped in
water for three to four days. They should then be shelled and dried in the shade. They should be ground into paste and applied
to the white patches for a week. If the application of mis paste causes itching, or the white spots become red and a fluid begins
to ooze out, this treatment should be discontinued.
Vitiligo Remedies using Goose Foot:
The use of goose foot is beneficial in the treatment of this disease. This vegetable should be taken twice daily, in the morning
as well as in the evening, for two months continuously. Simultaneously, the juice of the leaves should be applied over die
patches of vitiligo.
Vitiligo Remedies with Turmeric:
Turmeric mixed with mustard oil has also proved useful in vitiligo. About 500 gm of turmeric should be pounded and soaked in
8 litres of water at night It should be boiled in the morning all only one litre of water is left, and then be strained and mixed with
500 ml of mustard oil. This mixture shuld be heated nil only the oil is left It should then be strained and preserved in a bottle.
The mixture should be applied on the white patches every morning and evening for a few months.
Vitiligo Remedies with Red Clay:
Another useful remedy for vitiligo is red clay found by the river side or on hill slopes. The clay should be mixed in ginger juice
in a ratio of 1:1, and applied over the white spots once a day. The copper contained in the clay seems to bring back skin
pigmentation. Ginger juice also serves as a mild stimulant, facilitating increased blood flow to the spots. Drinking water kept
overnight in a copper vessel will also help.
Vitiligo Remedies with Radish:
A paste made from the seeds of the radish is valuable in treating vitiligo. About thirty-live grams of these seeds should be
powdered in two teaspoons of vinegar and applied on the white patches.
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